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New York Times, Sunday, December 26, 1948

23-Across : Theme of Mérimée's "Colomba."

Author:
Thomas Meekin
Editor:
Margaret Farrar
Rows: 23, Columns: 23, Words: 160, Blocks: 85, Avg Word Len: 5.55, Missing: { B F Q Z }, Scrabble score: 602 (avg 1.36)
Open Squares: 176, Cheaters: 4, FITB: 10, XRef: 0, Words that never appeared in a previous NYT crossword: 49 Grid has both 90- and 180-degree symmetry.
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© 1948, The New York TimesNo. 359
Across
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Orgon's wife in "Tartuffe." : ELMIRE
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Maeterlinck's avocation. : APIARIST
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Circulates. : SPREADS
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Harbor seal. : SEACAT
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Theme of Mérimée's "Colomba." : VENDETTA
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Crosspiece. : TRANSOM
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Motion picture. : CINEMA
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Discloses. : UNCOVERS
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Aramis' counter-thrust. : RIPOSTE
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A sugar: Chem. : OSID
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Canary island. : PALMA
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Controversial. : ERISTIC
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Heroine of Hindu epic. : SITA
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"___ Yourself in His Place."—Reade. : PUT
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Dark blue. : PERSE
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Rep. Rayburn, come January. : SPEAKER
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Judaic convert. : GER
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Notch-edged. : EROSE
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King whose son slew the Calydonian boar. : OENEUS
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"___ et Lui," by George Sand. : ELLE
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Lover's Andy. : HANDY
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Invaders of Caesar's Gaul. : TEUTONS
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Aphid milkers. : ANTS
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Shaw of "The Young Lions." : IRWIN
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Fencing sword. : EPEE
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Primitive trial methods. : ORDEALS
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Hostile intent. : ANIMUS
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Guardians in "Paradise Lost." : ANGELS
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Armament. : MUNITIONS
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Adjust an instrument. : RETUNE
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Smike's room in childhood. : GARRET
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Disk deified by Ikhnaton. : ATEN
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What Chantecler did at dawn. : CROWED
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Egyptian skink. : ADDA
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Père Grandet's vice. : GREED
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Tatar clan. : MORDE
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Hero of Howells' "The Minister's Charge." : SEWELL
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Music by two. : DUO
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Elbe tributary. : EGER
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She loved the poet Rodolphe. : MIMI
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___ majesté. : LESE
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River deposit. : SILT
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One-tenth bushel in Japan. : RIN
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Animal tamed by the Swiss Family Robinson. : ONAGER
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Deity of Jodo. : AMITA
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Word applicable to Pecksniff. : CHEAT
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The olives. : OLEA
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A smoke from Pittsburgh. : STOGIE
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Finis of "Ten Little Indians." : NONE
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Word for Diana. : CHASTE
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Soap-bar frames. : SESSES
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The barber's side line: "Gil Blas." : SERENADER
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Lessee. : RENTER
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Up for sale in "The Abbé Constantin." : ESTATE
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What Scheherazade does. : RELATES
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Lord Byron's Don. : JUAN
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Fed pills to. : DOSED
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Before long. : SOON
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Set forth. : EXPOUND
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Real name of author of "Le Barbier de Séville." : CARON
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Star in Cetus. : MIRA
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School gear in Huck Finn's day. : SLATES
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Nine: Greek. : ENNEA
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"___ of St. Agnes."—Keats. : EVE
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Pans. : SPIDERS
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Demolisher. : RASER
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A doctrine. : ISM
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Where Macduff sunders Macbeth. : NECK
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George Meredith wrote of one. : EGOISTS
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"The Lady or the ___." : TIGER
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Biblical book. : ACTS
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Doctor. : TREATER
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Beginner. : NEOPHYTE
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Scene of Napoleonic victory, 1796. : ARCOLE
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Subjugate. : ENSLAVE
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In the Pythian games, to crown. : ENLAUREL
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The Hester in "Adam Bede." : SORREL
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Order of plants, including apple, plum, etc. : ROSALES
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Costliness. : DEARNESS
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Corrects. : EMENDS
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Short rifle. : ESCOPET
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Ease. : LEISURE
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Great Spirit of American Indians. : MANITOU
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Cooled. : ICED
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Its horn makes the shophar. : RAM
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Storehouse. : ETAPE
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To pluck off. : AVULSE
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Forgers. : PENMEN
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Empire in Prescott's "History of Peru." : INCA
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"Much ___ About Nothing." : ADO
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To muse: Rare. : REVE
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Roman ways. : ITERS
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Johnnie Skunk's is white. : STRIPE
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On Tom Brown's academic cap. : TASSEL
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Officer's servant. : STRIKER
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"What ___ Glory?" : PRICE
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Hit. : RAP
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Son of Seth. : ENOS
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Appoint. : ASSIGN
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Marked like Doyle's "Speckled Band." : DOTTED
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Adhesive or viscous, as wax. : SMEARY
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Started up. : AROSE
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Gold piece for the bride: India. : TALI
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Inhabited. : PEOPLED
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Where Alberich the dwarf guards gold. : RHINE
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Helmsman. : STEERER
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Merited. : EARNED
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De la Motte Fouqué's heroine. : UNDINE
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As it was. : STET
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Girl in Phillips' "The Deluge." : ANITA
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Home. : NEST
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Levantine ships. : SAICS
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Mr. Pickwick's friend. : WARDLE
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Boat used in "Almayer's Folly." : OUTRIGGER
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Erudition. : LORE
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Alpine limits. : SNOWLINES
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Most turbid. : MUDDIEST
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Wavy. : UNDULATE
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Animal with most valuable of all furs. : SEAOTTER
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Full of heaps. : AGGEROSE
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Turkish pipes. : NARGILES
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Most verdant. : GREENEST
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Samoan honey eaters. : MAOMAOS
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More honeyed. : SWEETER
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Wagner's princess of Brabant. : ELSA
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What Priscilla gave to John Alden. : MINT
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"___ from an Old Manse." : MOSSES
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Airport in Eire. : SHANNON
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Landfall east of Gander. : EIRE
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Danced by Rory O'More. : REELS
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Schnitzler's "Affairs of ___." : ANATOL
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City near Bologna. : MODENA
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Lower in price. : CHEAPER
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Roasted: Sp. : ASADO
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The Southern Cross. : CRUX
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School coats. : ETONS
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Greek temple. : NAOS
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One of the James boys. : JESSE
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People in "A Tale of Two Cities." : EMIGRES
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Aeneas' love. : DIDO
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Animal mentioned in the Book of Job. : UNICORN
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Fitted snugly. : NESTLED
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Succored by Don Quixote. : DAMSELS
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Bull's-eye. : CENTER
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Lake near Naples. : AVERNO
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Niche. : RECESS
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Held in check. : REINED
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M. Lupin. : ARSENE
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Lyre strings. : TRITES
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Leading lady in "Rain." : EAGELS
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Vex: Colloq. : PEEVE
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Roman garment. : STOLA
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Efface. : ERASE
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Cage bird of India. : KALA
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Part of Crusoe's raft. : SPAR
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City besieged by Saladin. : TYRE
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God's ___. : ACRE
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Metal cymbals. : TAL
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Attila. : HUN
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Carmen's husband's title. : ROM

Answer summary: 6 unique to this puzzle, 43 debuted here and reused later, 7 appeared only in pre-Shortz puzzles.

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